28 August 2015

Published August 26, 2015 by rochellewisoff

The disc and the dragonfly


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PHOTO PROMPT - ©Claire Fuller

PHOTO PROMPT – © Claire Fuller

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


            When I was six they sent me to the girl’s home where I found Jane Haining the house matron. Sometimes I had trouble understanding her brogue-accented Hungarian but her love transcended all language barriers.

            She mothered each of us as her own “wee bairns”, whether Jewish or Christian.

            When the Nazis took over Budapest she disobeyed orders and refused to return to Scotland, saying, “If these children need me in days of sunshine, how much more in darkness?”


            I study the numbers tattooed on my arm and I’m haunted by the question, “Why did I live and that angel die?”.



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104 comments on “28 August 2015

  • Well, m’lady, you have really done it this time.
    The hairs on my arms stood up as I read this.
    I find it incredible what you can do with 100 words.
    C’est magnifique…


  • Tremendously moving story Rochelle, and thanks for bringing these unsung heroes back out of the darkness of history. That line on the postcard “on the way to heaven” … so very movingly simple.


    • Dear Björn,

      I could probably spend the next twenty years finding and writing about these quiet heroes. Of course I had to look up Ilse Weber. 😉

      Thank you for such a fine comment. You’ve helped to make my morning.




    • Dear Claire,

      The eternal question plagues many I think in many different situations. Soldiers who survive a war while their buddies all perished…a parent wondering why he or she outlived a child…and the list could go on.

      Thank you for such a lovely comment.




    • Dear Janet,

      There have been many heroes and, I’m sure, present day heroes we don’t hear about. I was happy to find out about Jane Haining and even happier to pass her story along.

      Thanks for dropping by.




  • At least she died loving and caring for others which is such a good way to go. And such a horrible contrast to her captors. Thanks for sharing such an inspirational story Rochelle. You have rewritten it beautifully.


  • These are stories that must be told, and you did so beautifully. We don’t learn enough about the many unsung heroes, every-day people who stand their ground. I hope you write this book about the unsung heroes. 🙂


  • We need stories like this to inspires us to do the right thing – even if that action alone will not change the world immediately it’s ripple effect would eventually. Beautiful told Rochelle…as always!


  • “There is not much to report here on the way to heaven.” So lovely and sad. Thank you for sharing this unique human being with us. Your posts are always educational, inspirational, and simply beautifully done!
    Hope you are feeling much, much better!


  • Dear Aunt Bea,

    I clicked on the link to read more and it asked for my profile and secret fantasy. When I typed in that I wanted to learn to write well, it sent me back her for further instruction. This is an excellent piece, not too sweet, but rich and flavorful.


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  • Hola Rochelle,
    I posted my story late last night. My energy faded.
    I didn’t get to read your story. I try to read the
    entries after I’ve written mine to avoid being influenced.
    Please accept my delay in responding to yours.

    Your story is evocative. I think I mentioned to you that
    I grew up in Hasidic neighborhood. I experienced
    a great many things.Your story is reminiscent of some
    of the powerful graphic images I experienced.
    People who went through this history are incredible survivors.

    A very touching story that pulled on my heartstrings.

    Muy Bueno,


    • Querida Isadora,

      It must have been an interesting neighborhood to grow up in. When I was a child the Holocaust wasn’t that many years behind us. My mother had a few friends with those horrid tattoos.

      I’m pleased that my story resonated with you and you took the time to say so. Thank you.



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      • Hola Rochelle,
        I cherish the diversity of my youth. It taught me how to accept everyone despite their color, religion or ethnicity. It was absorbed without me being aware. As an adult, I realized what a gift it was when interacting with people who had a negative attidtude towards others who were different. Thank you for allowing me to ad this to my comment.
        Have a nice weekend …

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  • A very touching story, sad times where those.
    And thank´s again for the prompt. This is a tricky photo, you´re going to make me scratch my brain to make my two neurons come up with a little story. But I´ll get there.


  • Another historical gem – you must research almost constantly to find these snippets of little known Heroes (and the occasional monster).

    This was good, you focused the whole story on her positives – faith, kindness, bravery – her final fate is unspoken, almost implied (but all too clear) in that terribly final last sentence.


    • Dear KT,

      The internet is the greatest place for research and finding the most obscure bits of history. I might just know enough trivia to be moderately interesting at a dinner party. 😉

      I must confess that this time the article I linked came from a friend in an email. He thought I might find it interesting. Of course, I found much more on Jane Haining. Courageous and loving woman. My story is based on interviews I saw with two of her “wee bairns.”

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.



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  • Dear Rochelle
    There you go again, pulling out the stops to give us another brilliant piece of historical fiction. I have read about this courageous and compassionate lady somewhere before, thank you for bringing her to the FF audience and to me, to read about her all over again.

    Take care

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  • The power evoked in such few words – it always takes my breath away. Another incredible flash piece that really reflects on such horrors that can never truly be understood – even the pieces of the puzzle that offer hope; we can only wonder at people and their choices and decisions.

    Great job Rochelle.


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